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The Day a Pilot Dropped in My Gardenicon for Recommended story

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People in story: 
Mrs Alma Heeley (nee Durose)
Location of story: 
Northfield, Birmingham
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Contributed on: 
24 August 2005

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I remember a plane being shot down and the pilot bailing out and landing in our garden. We lived in Hoggs lane, Northfield. He was a British Airman and we took him into the house and my dad patched him up.

I remember he had a cup of tea and me trying on his flying boots. Once he was better my dad took him up to the Barrage Balloon station and we received a lovely letter from him thanking us. The letter is below:

Dear Mr and Mrs Durose

A short note to thank you both for the very kind way you looked after me when I ‘turned up’ so unexpectedly in your garden! I must apologise for not having written before but I’ve only just returned to work.

I’m glad to say I don’t seem to have suffered any permanent ill effects from the crack on my head. Thanks a great deal, I feel sure, to your very excellent first aid and the tea.

And now I must away, once more may I say very many thanks.

Yours very sincerely

Roy Anderson
Flight lieutenant

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